COVID-19: Buhari meets task force, keeps mum on lockdown extension

COVID-19: Buhari meets task force, keeps mum on lockdown extension

- President Muhammadu Buhari met with members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on coronavirus on Friday, April 10, in Abuja

- The president expressed gratitude to members of the team for their hard work

- The number one citizen of Nigeria even boasted that coronavirus in Nigeria will be history soon going by the undying efforts of the PTF

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, April 10, in Abuja, held a meeting with members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on coronavirus.

On his official Twitter page, the president said that he was briefed by members of the team on efforts to curb the spread of the virus in Nigeria.

President Buhari expressed gratitude to them for their hard work and even mentioned that with all their efforts, the disease will be a thing of the past in no time.

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Those in attendance at the meeting include Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation, the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu and Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator in the fight against COVID-19.

Meanwhile, reported that following the coronavirus pandemic threatening Nigeria and the rest of the world, President Buhari had approved not less than 774,000 Nigerians as Special Public Works Programme officials.

Their engagement is part of the measure to cushion the effects of COVID-19 pandemic. Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget, and national planning, who disclosed this at a press conference on Monday, April 6, in Abuja, said each of the 774 local government areas in the country is expected to provide 1,000 persons.

The minister went on to note that from the COVID-19 crisis intervention fund N60 billion has already been earmarked as allowances and operational costs for the programme.

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Ahmed explained that the Nigerian leader had earlier approved that the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) implement a pilot special public works programme in eight states.

However, the president has approved for the programme to be extended across the country from October to December 2020.

President Buhari has approved the appointment of new Medical Directors (MDs) for Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Calabar, Cross River state, and Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, Taraba state.

The new MDs, according to a statement by presidential spokesman Femi Adesina on Thursday, April 2, are Dr. Bassey Eyo Edet and Dr. Aisha Shehu Adamu, respectively. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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